We have received approximately over 500 women since August of 2006. The Farm permanently accommodates ten individuals who have battled through horrific circumstances to reach the peace and safety which our community endeavors to provide. As well as providing accommodation and companionship within the life of the community, we also offer to advocate on their behalf so that they can initiate progress in their own lives. “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.” Matt 25
Love in All Sincerity
At The Catholic Worker Farm we live with 9 destitute women as well as a child and including the 4 women and 7 children currently at Mary House we look after a total of 21 destitute women and children. Some have been tortured, raped and have lost their loved ones. With us they share their Joys and Sorrows. Life here is ‘hard but good’. We have a rhythm of prayer, work in the garden and in the house, mutual encouragement and Vigiling, dinner and once a week ‘movie night’. As our readers know our moto is “Love in All Sincerity”. This is a phrase from scripture which we seized upon very early as a challenge to us living here. It comes from “Love in all sincerity, loathing evil and clinging to the good. Let love for our brotherhood breed warmth of mutual affection. Give pride of place to one another in esteem.” (Rom 12:9,10)
What we do
- Provide a safe, warm bed in our home
- Access to shower, clothes washing and cooking facilities
- Help with acquiring solicitors and medical care
- English lessons, Citizenship Classes and Counselling
- We have a Choir and a Knitting Club
- Support with finding voluntary work
- Most importantly we provide a supportive, loving environment within which our Guests can recover and work towards self sufficiency
We also share an evening weekday meal together. We try to practice Jesus’ table fellowship, and eating together encourages a community spirit in the household.
We had a joyous Christmas this year, our supporters provided an amazing collection of gifts for all our guests. People went to various places of worship and we shared a huge meal; the turkey provided by Waitrose.
Celebrating Dorothy Day’s 111th Birthday